Summer Kids Shorts

Summer Kids Shorts

My sweet niece is in love with Paris! Her parents surprised the family with news that they would be traveling to Paris over the summer. My niece needed a Paris wardrobe fast! I love to sew for this beautiful little girl! 

I spent about 20 minutes sewing up a pair of shorts from Made Everyday to add to her Paris wardrobe.

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Summer Paris Shorts

I used fabric with Paris icons similar to this fabric from Amazon. 

 

summer paris shorts

This shorts pattern is so easy to follow that my 7 year old son made a pair for the neighbor girl down the street.

Summer Shorts
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  My beautiful niece in Paris, France!

Summer Shorts

DIY Blue Jay Costume

DIY Blue Jay Costume

Our oldest son started asking for a blue jay costume back in early 2017. At first I was excited, and thought I would make simple wings  he could fly around the yard with! But as most best intentions go, I didn’t even begin the project and the idea soon faded away. Every few months, my son would remind me about the costume and I started to feel guilty for saying I didn’t have time. In September my son was still asking. So, with full assurance, I started on a Blue Jay costume for Halloween!   I  drew the design in my art journal to get a good idea of what the shapes would be for the costume.  Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own. I grabbed an old supply sheet we had from my husband’s work and cut out the general shapes of the bird body. I stapled the edges together and had Nathan slip into it. The costume was love at first sight for Nathan! After a successful sample pattern, I used  plastic template pieces to cut out the real body pieces from white blizzard fleece. I sewed the body up, leaving a hole at the back neck for Nathan to step into. And I lightly stuffed the front belly and back tail area with ” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wplink-url-error=”true”>Fabri-Tac along the backside of the wing, overlapping them as I went. I waited 24 hours for the wings to dry, and then used acrylic paints to apply the feather looking designs. The acrylics make the fleece stiffen a bit and slightly hard to the touch, but they dry exceptionally fast and create vibrant colors. I used this same acrylic paint to give the bird body some color and simulated feather texture. I ran out of black fleece, so I ended up using several sheets of thin, EVA Foam for the tail feathers. I painted them and glued them on with  Fabri-Tac. And for the finishing piece, I created a lightweight head mask out of thin EVA foam. I started by making a paper pattern, and achieved the sizing by comparing it to one of the boys’ knight helmets. After knowing the paper sample hat fit, I used those pieces to then cut out of foam. I used contact cement to glue the foam pieces together. Once my mask was done, I added a few areas of acrylic paint to highlight it and hot glued on some feathers to the beak. The shoes covers were also made of The whole project took me about a week to complete and was a fun and definitely unique request to fulfill! I was thankful I had followed through on the project! And maybe it’s just my bias, but I think his cuteness and uniqueness may just have awarded him extra candy on trick or treat night! Facebook Instagram Pinterest
Sewing Simple Baby Gifts

Sewing Simple Baby Gifts

Baby Toys

These lovely giraffe rattles were inspired by Lotta Jansdotter, in her book, Simple Sewing For Baby. The baby can hear the gentle rattle of jingle bells inside, easily hold onto it’s trunk, and will LOVE to munch on its ribboned ears. They are sooo easy.. I made a small army!

Ribbon Tag Blanket also inspired by Lotta Jansdotter, in the same book, Simple Sewing For Baby. The blanket is about an 8″ square and easy for Baby to hold on to, and munch on the ribbons. Easy to machine wash too, and get rid of the germs!

Baby shoes inspired by Joanna of Stardust Shoes. She incredibly provides a pattern for free on her blog for home use (only). I have a special friend I intend to gift these adorable shoes to! 

These burp cloths were inspired by a favorite blogger, Erin, @ Sutton Grace.   

Bibs for him… I used Simplicity 2924, view F for this one. I usually wait until JoAnns is having a sale and buy the patterns for $1. or $1.99. Then I stock up : )! For the closure, I used cute button snaps. They come as a kit, and I used the backing fabric to cover each button snap!

Baby gifts ready to mail. I think I made all this (and a little more) in 2 days.. Sure do get lost in it all when I am having so much fun!!!! Where do the hours go? So….. I say, “Bébé bienvenu”! (Welcome Baby)! And, I hope you enjoy your handmade gifts, my friends!

 
Homemade Baby Gifts

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The Simplest Way to Repair a Hole in Your Jeans

The Simplest Way to Repair a Hole in Your Jeans

Do  your kids get constant holes in the knees of their jeans?  It happens so often with my kids’ jeans!  Thankfully,  I have found a super easy technique to repair knee holes in jeans. Visible mending provides lasting wear with a trendy look!  You only need a needle, embroidery floss, and a patch!

You can find an iron on patch in the notions section of your local fabric store, Hobby Lobby, or Walmart. Look for a 2in x 3in. rectangle,  denim on one side,fusible shine on the backside. 

*If you don’t have a patch, you can use a spare piece of T-shirt material, fleece, or a cotton fabric.

1.Clean up the knee rip by trimming off any excess threads.

2.Turn the pants inside out.

3.Place patch, shiny side down over the hole. If the hole is larger than the iron on patch, then use additional patches to cover the space.


4. On medium heat, apply iron directly to the back of the patch and hold for 10 seconds.

5.Check the corners of the patch to make sure they have all adhered well. If not, press the iron back over it.

6.Turn jeans right side out again.

7. Thread your needle and start stitching! To make it easier, I rolled the bottom pant leg up, so that I could more readily get to the stitching area at the knee! The smaller the pants, the harder it is to get to this area.

8. Design time!! Start with a running stitch or try a design of your own! For an extra fun look use  Shashiko Design ideas.  

*TIP – Use a disappearing ink fabric pen to draw your design first.

That’s it! Now your jeans can get extended wear and be fashionable too! What is your favorite design?

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Hans Frozen Costume

Hans Frozen Costume

 

Introducing my Hans costume from Frozen! I had so much fun designing and creating this costume especially for (and by special request) my 8 year old nephew, Henry. His sister, Lilly, has been my beautiful Elsa model for my Sofia pattern, and then my Elsa dresses. Now it was time (actually long past) for her handsome brother to join in on the Frozen fun! And I could not have been more pleased with the result, or the amazing joy and delight my nephew has been radiating with!! His excitement (and politely asking me for it for 4 months now) fueled my design and desire to sew it up!

Download Hans Jacket Stencil HERE.

 One of my favorite things to attempt, is to see a photo and create a tangible design that looks just like it that is wearable. I like the realism, and fortunately that is what the kids want to. They WANT the costume from the movie. They don’t want one off the shelf that is only a “hint” of the idea of the idea of the character, they want all the real details too.So glad that someone captured a screen shot of the back of Han’s tail coat here, so that I could see the design. Boy was that elaborate, but so fun to draw up! I used felt for the gray part, and hunter green fleece for the detail. I would have used felt for the green part too, except I didn’t find it in the right color…so Olive Green Fleece Fabric – By the Yard(the color was so perfect!).So, how did I make it? For the jacket, I started with a boys size 7/8 long sleeve t-shirt to get the body sizing/trunk part right. I drew long sleeves, added sleeve caplets which I made up, cut the tailored line to the front, and added tails on the back piece. All the black accent pieces are black felt (I bought a black bottom weight fabric to use instead, but time was not on my side to do all that finishing work…so felt it was). I took a short cut on the undershirt and used a royal blue dress shirt from Calvin Klein Boys’ Big Long Sleeve Sateen Dress Shirt, Dark Blue 10, and made a corduroy vest to go over top of it. The burgundy cravat was just 1/3 yard crushed panne, tied in a square knot. The pants I cut free hand from a boys cargo pair I had bought on clearance at Target last year. I used a strip of blue broadcloth to add the stripe to the sides. I made the pants with a flat front and gathered back waistband, similarly to the pant I made my son HERE, and added two gold shank buttons to the front.  And now…almost the whole Frozen crew is here in my pattern designs!! We had a fun, quick photo shoot before the kids headed to the Frozen themed out party. You can find..Anna vest and skirt pattern hereAnna cape and hat pattern hereElsa Ice Dress pattern hereElsa Coronation Pattern hereOlaf pattern hereand Hans?…use this vest stencil. The only way I know you want my design here to be a pattern is if you beat down my inbox with requests, so drop me a line if you’d like at:
joy@joy2sew.net     And some cameos with the “real deal”. I hope cosplay costume patterns are in my future! Oh the fun! Just look at how that Anna vest stencil matches mine? Maybe she used our stencil templates for her vest and cape???!!! We may never know, but they all looked pretty sharp!   Yea!!! So much fun!! Are you ready to get your ANNA, ELSA, or OLAF pattern today?!!!All our patterns at Joy2Sew are made for advanced beginner sewers. If you have any doubt just check out my shop reviews and see for yourself. All of you using my patterns have absolutely blown me away with the gorgeous dresses and Olafs that you have been creating! You are making true-to-movie costumes that are not only beautiful, but that will stand the test of repeated play, dancing, and singing venues of “Let it Go”. Keep sending those pictures to me and posting on my Facebook page of all your amazing work!! YOU are why I love doing what I do. YOU making costumes for your kids that they justlove brings me so much joy! Keep it coming, and thank you for choosing Joy2Sew!use 

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Easy OLAF Pattern!

Easy OLAF Pattern!

 Exciting news!!! Our OLAF pattern has just released in our Etsy and Craftsy shops for purchase, and just in time to whip some up for Halloween!!  The pattern features 6 crossover sizes: 12-18mo, 18-24mo, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8 and 10/12 With the pattern you can make the head/hat and the body, with either a zipper or velcro back closure (both full instructions included): Easy to read, step by step directions included: ….with even a clear table of contents to help you easily navigate the choices. Preview of what our professional and easy to print. Example pattern pieces : (for pattern pieces that require more than one page, you will just overlap the blue dots provided and tape it together, creating full-sized pattern pieces) A huge thank you to my wonderful testers for their amazing work!Olaf CostumeWith this new Olaf pattern, you’ll be ready to make your own wonderful Frozen line up with all of our wonderful and very popular Frozen Inspired Costume patterns! Elsa Ice Dress and Olaf made by the talented Angel Tirrell-Voss for her adorable kiddos using two of my patterns! LOVE seeing them together!!  Get your copy today and look just like Olaf!!!  now available on Joy2Sew Etsy or Craftsy!  
Olaf Costume

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